Plenty of these are open to improvement but ANNUNCIATION is well treated on today's terms and gets the nod. The step back up to 6f shouldn't be a problem for Richard Hannon's dual winner and he's preferred to stablemate Mister Marc despite Richard Hughes' presence on the latter. Hototo carries a penalty but won the Windsor Castle at Ascot in good style in June and can reverse more recent running with Newbury's Super Sprint winner Body And Soul. He also has the beating of subsequent winner Liber on Newbury form. Rocky Ground and Blessington look a threat having only their third starts and recent Goodwood runner-up New Pearl should be thereabouts.
Hototo 11-2 (9-0) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, no impression on front pair, 3rd of 10, 4l behind Bungle Inthejungle (9-0) at Goodwood 5f 2yo Grp 3 (1) gd in Jul.
Indian Jade 40-1 (9-1) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, kept on same pace, 8th of 22, 8l behind Dawn Approach (9-1) at Royal Ascot 6f 2yo Grp 2 (1) gd in Jun.
Annunciation 4-5fav (9-5) Led, ridden and headed narrowly over 1f out, led again entering final furlong, kept on well, won at Chester 5f 2yo nov stk (4) gd in Jun beating Lady Ibrox (9-0) by 1l, 6 ran.
Baddilini 12-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, went 2nd over 5f out, drifted right 4f out, led over 3f out, ridden and headed over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, last of 5, 7l behind Fantastic Moon (9-0) at Newmarket 7f 2yo nov stk (4) gf.
Barracuda Boy (IRE) 6-1 (8-2) Went right start, prominent, led 2f out, soon ridden, ran on well, won at Haydock 5f 2yo hcp 0-95 (3) gf beating The Taj (9-2) by 1 1/4l, 11 ran.
Blessington (IRE) 15-2 (9-0) Went right start, made all, ridden over 2f out, ran on, won at Goodwood 6f 2yo mdn (2) gd in Jul beating Vallarta (9-0) by 1l, 17 ran.
Body And Soul (IRE) 9-2fav (7-12) Raced centre, chased leaders, ridden to challenge over 2f out, ran on to lead last strides, won at Newbury 5f 2yo aut (2) hvy in Jul beating Satsuma (8-0) by nk, 22 ran.
Carlton Blue (IRE) 8-1 (8-7) With leader on rail, led naarowly over 2f out, ridden and edged right from over 1f out, stayed on well, won at Ascot 6f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) fm in Jul beating Star of Rohm (9-2) by 1 1/4l, 10 ran.
Liber 1-4fav (9-2) Led 1f, chased winner, switched right off rail halfway, driven and no response over 1f out, 2nd of 5, 3l behind Cosmic Chatter (9-2) at Musselburgh 5f 2yo stks (3) gf.
Mister Marc (IRE) 9-4 (9-5) Tracked leaders in 3rd, outpaced halfway, soon dropped to 3rd place, kept on to regain 3rd place inside final furlong, 3rd of 4, 2 1/4l behind Flyman (9-5) at Nottingham 6f 2yo nov stk (5) gf.
New Pearl (IRE) 14-1 (9-4) Took keen hold, chased leader, ridden and every chance over 1f out, chased winner inside final furlong, kept on towards finish, 2nd of 10, 1/2l behind Jamesbo's Girl (8-9) at Goodwood 6f 2yo hcp (2) gd.
Polski Max 4-1 (9-4) Raced wide throughout, in touch, ridden and hung right over 2f out, kept on same pace, 5th of 7, 7l behind Dream Maker (8-9) at Chester 6f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Rocky Ground (IRE) 8-11fav (9-5) Keen early tracked leaders, pressed leader 2f out, ridden to lead and edged right inside final furlong, headed post, 2nd of 5, hd behind Ollie Olga (9-0) at Newmarket 6f 2yo stks (3) gf in Jul.
Saint Jerome (IRE) 13-8fav (9-3) Tracked leaders, closed from halfway, led inside final furlong, pushed out, won at Salisbury 6f 2yo mdn (4) gs beating Rock Up (9-3) by 1 1/2l, 12 ran.
Shahdaroba (IRE) 5-2 (9-3) Tracked leader, ridden 2f out, led narrowly inside final furlong, soon edged left, found extra when pressed final strides, won at Leicester 6f 2yo mdn (4) gf, 8 ran.
Well Acquainted (IRE) 4-1 (9-3) Made all, soon pressed, ridden 2f out, ran on gamely, won at Epsom Downs 7f 2yo mdn aut (5) gd in Jul beating Martial Art (9-3) by 1l, 6 ran.
Dream Maker 20-1 (8-12) Held up towards rear, some headway centre 2f out, soon no impression, 7th of 8, 7l behind Certify (8-12) at Newmarket 7f 2yo fll Grp 3 (1) gf.
Lady Poppy 5-2fav (8-9) Bumped start, led, headed over 3f out, no extra inside final furlong, 4th of 6, 2 1/4l behind Lucky Beggar (9-5) at Thirsk 5f 2yo hcp 0-95 (3) gd.
Scentpastparadise 8-1 (9-2) Tracked leader, led over 3f out, pressed over 1f out, kept on gamely, just held on, won at Redcar 6f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf beating Team Challenge (8-4) by shd, 7 ran.
Woodland Mill (IRE) 14-1 (9-0) Went right start, held up behind, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 5th of 6, 11l behind Pearl Acclaim (9-2) at Ripon 6f 2yo stks (3) gd.